I love my lemons

March 25, 2009

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I have to thank my Chicago friends for introducing me to the wonderful, stretchy, flattering world of Lululemon. For those of you who don’t know this brand, I urge you to check it out. They make incredibly forgiving workout/yoga gear, loungewear and outerwear that comes in cool colorways and many different cuts, to fit every body type. What differentiates Lululemon from all the other brands is that these clothes are genuinely cool, comfortable and good looking. I have no problem wearing them outside of the gym or the couch. They don’t pinch or bind or create lumps and bumps. The seams don’t irritate your skin. The fabrics are durable and don’t fade with washing. For me, one of the best benefits of buying pants at their store is the free shortening! Take it from someone who has never NOT had to have something hemmed, this is a real bonus. If you’re in the market for a new pair of workout pants, skip the disposable Old Navies and go to directly to the Lululemon Groove Pant. They’re not cheap, but they will fit and flatter and last. And if you happen to be in the Miami area, you should definitely take a trip to the Lululemon outlet at the Sawgrass Mills Mall—it’s the only U.S. outlet and there are great bargains to be had.

 

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-Lisa


3-buck what?

March 16, 2009

 

I'm assuming Troy is Zac Efron's character, but I've never seen High School Musical.

I'm assuming Troy is Zac Efron's character, but I've never seen High School Musical.

 

 

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed the proliferation of $3 wonders available right now, but I have, and some of them are pretty amazing or at least amusing…

3 Buck Bites: This new site from Citysearch showcases cheap eats in cities across the country that will run you $3.99 or less. Added bonus: You can cast your vote for your favorite inexpensive nosh.

Three Buck Chuck: Charles Shaw, the Trader Joe’s private label wine brand, includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc, among other varietals. Bottles go for about $3.99, at least in NYC, and some of them are, at the very least, drinkable. 

3-buck Thursdays:  At bar called Q-Lounge in Phoenix, AZ, there are $3 drink specials on Thursdays.

3-buck copier paper for a cause: Staples has HP Mutlipurpose Breast Cancer Awareness Copy Paper on clearance for $3.90 this week.

3-buck High School Musical Rockin’ Door Hanger: Target is featuring this nifty dry-erace door tag for High Musical enthusiasts at the bargain price of $3.70. 

8-piece order of Chive and Pork Dumplings: Vanessa’s Dumplings on East 14th Street will serve you up a hot meal for just $3.49.

 

-Lisa


What’s for dinner?

March 12, 2009

 

Will it be orange, cumin and honey? Or ginger and soy?

Will it be orange, cumin and honey? Or ginger and soy?

 

 

As always, the question of what to make for dinner is plaguing me. Not that I cook every night, far from it, but somehow I’m always thinking about it. Today is no different. I have a cut-up chicken in the refrigerator, from Trader Joe’s, and I’d like to roast it with some new flavors or seasonings. Yesterday, I read this recipe from Bittman’s blog in the NYT, and am thinking of giving it a try. Though he’s given instruction for a whole chicken, I will modify cooking times for pieces. I do have a large piece of ginger in the fridge that should be used, in which case I could do his ginger chicken, though this one requires more hands-on time and effort. In any case, I will use that chicken in some way to provide dinner for myself and Max. A side of vegetables is unconfirmed at the moment, but I may stop at the Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea Market for some provisions. I love wandering the aisles there. There are so many interesting and exotic things to chose from. Though the abundance can make it an overwhelming experience, especially when you just want something easy to make for a dinner side dish. Oh, the humanity! I’m obviously trying to ignore all the real-world issues happening today. It’s a classic case of transference. 

-Lisa


Coming soon: Tracy Feith for Target!

March 11, 2009

 

Yes, that's Allie from The City in the Target look book.

Yes, that's Allie from The City in the Target look book.

 

 

I believe this is the Tracy Feith inspiration board for the Target line.
FabSugar posted a sneak peak at the Tracy Feith spring capsule collection he designed for Target. The line hits stores and the web on May 17, which is two long months away. The mod/surfer-print frocks and separates are really cute in these pictures, let’s hope the real-life versions are as good! Speaking of affordable spring shopping, TopShop is officially (finally) opening on April 2nd…can’t wait to see the new Kate Moss collection. And in other class-to-mass news, Project Runway Season 4 winner, Christian Siriano, is launching a line of shoes and bags for Payless this fall, based on his fall ’09 runway accessories. Recession specials are coming, fast and furious.

 

Now, if only spring would come early and we could shove the rain boots and puffy coats to the back of the closet.

-Lisa